Easy ways to organize with stuff you already own
By Samantha Leal
Cleaning out your garage? Instead of donating that extra ladder, use it as storage for throws and scarves, suggests Holly Becker, author of Decorate and Decorate Workshop and founder of decor8Blog.com. You can also hang and store magazines, or use a stepladder as an extra side table.
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Think twice before you ditch that trunk -- it can double as a coffee table and as storage for blankets in warmer months, says Becker.
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Got an old drum shade pendant that you no longer use? “Strip it down to its bare frame and turn it into a piece of art,” says Becker. In this photo, a shade was remade into a hanging artwork that’s now the focal point of a living room.
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Hang jewelry in pretty old frames, suggests Kristin Grove of SimplyGrove.com. That way your necklaces won’t get tangled in a heap on your dresser, and you’ll always know where to find them.
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Old suitcases piling up in the basement? Give them a face-lift and stack them to create a great bedside table. Top with a mirror or frame for a beautiful finishing touch. “It’s a fun alternative to a nightstand and feels immediately pulled together with just a few guest room essentials,” says Emily Schuman of CupcakesandCashmere.com.
Here’s another great end table idea. If you purchased a new sofa and now you have a bunch of extra (sturdy) pillows lying around, stack them up and top with a tray for a DIY end table.
Old Shoe Boxes
Shoe boxes piling up in your closet? Instead of throwing them out, snap photos of your shoes, attach the pics to the outside of the boxes and stack them for a more organized shoe collection.